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Programming & Events

The Graduate School’s office of Graduate Student Affairs offers regular and ongoing programs to help our students succeed during and beyond their time at the UW. We also offer student success programming for first-generation and international graduate students.

For additional events information, please refer to the bi-weekly grad student newsletter, the Grad Bulletin, which is sent to all currently enrolled graduate students, or check our Graduate School calendars.


University 501 (U501) is a self-guided, online orientation designed for graduate and professional students at all three UW campuses.

Fall 2023

Community Social for First-Gen Graduate Students

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 5–6 p.m.
Research Commons, Seattle campus
Registration is required. Questions?

New and returning first-generation graduate students are invited to attend a community social for the fall quarter. At this free event, you’ll be able to participate in a networking activity, build community, and enjoy free light foods and refreshments!

Event Partners: Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School, UW Libraries Research Commons, and Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE). 

Call for Proposals: Virtual Scholars’ Studio

Submit a proposal by Friday, November 3, 2023
Event on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 5 pm – 6 pm

Open to graduate students across the UW tri-campus.

Are you a graduate student who wants to perfect your presentation skills for a general audience? Submit a proposal to give a 5-min., low stakes lightning talk about your capstone, dissertation or pedagogy! Scholars’ Studio is an opportunity to practice communicating your work in front of a supportive general audience — without using a lot of technical or academic jargon.

Event Partners: UW Libraries Research Commons and Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School

Winter 2024

Exploring Careers In & Beyond Academia: A Symposium for Ph.D. Students Across Disciplines

January 16 & January 23, 2024
Seattle campus

Scholars’ Studio


Spring 2024

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)


End of Year Celebration for First-Gen Graduate Students

TBA, Seattle campus